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Feds to table first budget in two years April 19

Last Updated Mar 23, 2021 at 1:27 pm PDT

FILE - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on as Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland responds to a question during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
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Federal government to unveil first budget in two years April 19

It will be the first budget since the government opted not to introduce one in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic

OTTAWA – Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says the federal Liberals will table a budget on April 19.

It will be the first federal budget in more than two years after the government opted not to introduce one in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in Canada.

It will also be Freeland’s first budget as finance minister; she took on the portfolio last summer following Bill Morneau’s resignation.

The budget is expected to provide a full accounting of all government spending through the pandemic, which has sent the deficit for the fiscal year to almost $400 billion.

It is also expected to outline the Liberals’ plan to spend between $70 billion and $100 billion over the coming years in fiscal stimulus to help the economy recover.

The government has previously said the spending plan will include measures to create a national child-care system, improve skills training and help green the economy.